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gerardo hernandez appeared at the airport to remember the first t.s.a. officer ever killed in the line of duty. in los angeles, carter evans begins our coverage. >> reporter: moments ago, federal authorities announced the man who opened fire on t.s.a. officers at l.a. international airport carried with him multiple assault weapon magazines and a message. >> in the note that was handwritten that we found from the defendant that was signed by the defendant, we found a statement where he made a conscious decision to kill multiple t.s.a. employees. >> reporter: late this afternoon, the widow of it, say officer gerardo hernandez spoke about her husband, the first officer in the agency's history to die in the line of duty. >> we are all heartbroken and will miss him dearly. >> reporter: at lax, more than 24 hours after gunfire disrupted thousands of flights, many passengers remain stranded, their belongings still inside the terminal they were fleeing from. >> i just want to go home to hug my wife. >> reporter: paul harris was trying to get home to missouri. >> all my stuff was on the conveyo
angeles to meet with the fbi and the grieving family of tsa officer gerardo hernandez. so, tell me how l.a.x. is honoring this fallen tsa officer. >> reporter: well, it's just like the high security that we just heard about in the news conference, don, there is also going to be visible signs of mourning here at the united states sixth busiest airport. when you first drive in, there are these 100-foot pylons at the entrance of l.a.x. they are going to be lit blue, and that's going to be for the tsa. the tsa color up until thursday. and then once you get past the entrance and you start to check in, you'll see that the tsa officers here have on their badges a black band, and that is for their fallen officer, their fellow co-worker, mr. hernandez. what we're seeing here not just visible signs of security but also visible signs of grief, don. >> and what are investigators looking for at the airport today? we had a brief conversation about it, you know, just a couple minutes ago, but what exactly are they looking for today? >> reporter: well, the terminal has just reopened fully. we know that
agent gerardo hernandez. his heartbroken wife saying he was proud to work for the tsa. and in tribute tonight, lights in tsa blue as you approach l.a.x. airport. meanwhile, inside the term terminals, remnants of the chaos. the mountains of luggage left behind by passengers ordered to flee as the shots rang out. our coverage tonight begins with abc's david wright at l.a.x., where he's been since the start. >> go, go, go! >> reporter: moments before all this, paul ciancia arrived at l.a.x. like a passenger, dropped off by someone driving a black hyundai. the criminal complaint filed saturday in federal court describes a cold-blooded attack. it says video surveillance showed ciancia walking up to the tsa checkpoint in terminal three, pulling a smith and wesson assault rifle out of his bag and firing multiple shots at point blank range at a tsa officer. then, it says, as he proceeded up the escalator, he looked back at the wounded officer, who in video appeared to move, and returned to shoot the officer again, killing him. the fbi says ciancia gunned down two more tsa officers as he shot
security administration officer 39-year-old gerardo hernandez was killed. two other tsa employees and a passenger were wounded. ciancia does not have a history of mental illness, but we know he texted his family recently saying that he was very unhappy to the point where his father asked lapd officers to check on his son last friday. but by the time officers got to ciancia's apartment he had already left for lax. reporting live at sfo, cate caugiiran. >>> a threat disrupted flights in alabama and prompted a two hour evacuation. an employee at birmingham-shuttlesworth airport found a threatening note in a restroom yesterday. the bomb squad found nothing dangerous. >>> new this morning a person in a wheelchair is killed in a hayes valley neighbor the of san francisco. it happened about midnight at the intersection of market street and octavia boulevard. >>> and happening today, the family of 13-year-old andy lopez plans to file a federal suit against sonoma county and the sheriff's deputy mo shot and killed the teen. the family has already filed three wrongful death claims in the ca
of the attorney general of the united states whether or not to seek the death enemy this case. >> gerardo hernandez, the first tsa officer to die in the line of duty. >> he took pride in his work. >> ciancia's actions baffle everyone. tonight this lights will burn tsa blue in honor of the tsa fallen officer. >> you can keep up with the new developments on the lax shooting with the abc7 news mobile app. >>> a north bay man says the sonoma county deputy who shoot and called boy recently pulled a gun on him at a traffic stop. cornell bernard is live with the details. reporter: the memorial to andy lopez continues to grow here on moreland avenue. people continue to file by, paying their respects. one man says he had a scary constant front addition with the very same deputy who fired on andy lopez. >> i did not do anything to justify ever having a weapon pulled on me. >> he can't forget a day in august when he was driving to work on highway 101 some was stopped for not using his blinker on a lane change. he says the sonoma ya county dep tip made the -- who made the stop seem agitated. >> i loo
entrance where investigators say 23-year-old paul ciancia gunned down tsa agent gerardo hernandez. passenger scott greene watched it happened. >> he had the gun down like this, so i imagine the person that he shot was on the ground already, and he shot twice. >> reporter: billy bey spotted the gunman as he made his way towards the gates. >> i thought he was just a random passenger. very calm, but then as he got closer and turned a bit i saw, you know, the assault rifle strapped on his shoulder and that's when i just high tailed it and ran. >> reporter: so you were surprised. >> that he made it all the way to the gates. >> reporter: that no one stopped him. >> that he wasn't stopped by then, yeah litt. >> reporter: lax police chief says he recently moved armed officers from behind the check point to a more visible location in front. >> are they going to be in the exact same moment, exactly when i want them, when i would hoped they would be, no, it didn't happen in this particular case. >> reporter: officers did swarm the airport after the shooting but witnesses wonder why they were
of gerardo hernandez. he is the tsa officer killed friday in the los angeles shooting. the suspect, paul ciancia, reportedly told police he acted alone. he has been charged with murdering a federal officer. he could face the death penalty if convicted. >>> birmingham is back open this morning after a bomb threat. an employee found a note containing the threat in a bathroom. bomb squad technicians searched the facility and police confirmed nothing was found. flights were diverted or delayed during the two hour shutdown. >>> the trial of egyptian president mome mohammed morsi was adjourned the first day of the trial because of the defendant chanting. egypt's official news agency says morris say arrived by helicopter at a police academy. he is be being charged with incitement of violence and murder. he was previously being held in an unknown military location. >>> well the president is going to hit the road this week and trying to improve the image of his healthcare plan. he is going to meet with volunteers in dallas. >> this comes as 55% of americans say they now have enough information to
news. >>> now to the latest in shooting at lax, gerardo hernandez is the first tsa agent to be killed in the line of duty. >> his sister said he was checking passports when he was shot. he died with from a gunshot wound to the chest. he's survived by his wife, son and daughter. this morning we are learning more about the suspect, 23-year-old unemployed mechanic paul ciancia. federal prosecutors have already filed murder charges and he could face the death penalty. police also believe someone dropped him off at the airport on friday. they want to find out who that was. here's abc7 news reporter alec stone with the latest. >> several prosecutors have filed murder charges against the suspected gunmen in the deadly shooting at los angeles international airport of tsa officer gerardo hernandez and the wounding of four others. saturday night, 100-foot pylons were lit up over the airport in honor of him. his wife is distraught. >> i am truly devastated. we are all heartbroken and we will miss him dearly. >> our hearts go out to the tsa officer who was shot and killed. >> two more tsa officer
of investigation says paul ciancia shot gerardo i. hernandez at the screening checkpoint, went up the elevator, came down and shot gerardo i. hernandez again, killing hip. his widow spoke to reporters. >> he was a wonderful husband, father, son and friend. he would have been 40 next week. i am truly devastated. we are all heartbroken and will miss him dearly. >> the federal criminal complaints says paul ciancia used a smith and weeson assault rifle, carried five hay capacity magazines and wounded three police officers. >> the federal bureau of investigation will build a full profile of sooeps , and what -- paul ciancia, and what brought hill to this point. he was raised in this house and lived in los angeles 18 months. unanswered are questions of where he got the gun, why he targeted officers and whether he as mentally stable. >> there's a host of surveillance video that we are going through. there's a tremendous amount of evidence in the case that we are examining that will take time. >> if connected paul ciancia faces life in prison or the death penalty. . >>> meanwhile t.s.a. agent gerardo
ludmer was shot in the leg and requires further surgery. this weekend the widow of gerardo hernandez remembered the father of two who was about to turn who. >> he was a great man who always showed his love for our family. he was there to help anyone in need and helped us laugh with his an definitely sense of humor. >> reporter: the suspect is still heavily sedated at the hospital. now federal prosecutors have charged him with murder and commission of violence at an international airport, if he's convicted he could face the death penalty. charlie and margaret? >> thank you, ben. >>> senior correspondent john miller is a former lapd deputy commissioner. good morning. >> good morning. >> this would have still been under your jurisdiction in. >> i was in charge of counterterrorism so this response would have gone with the assumption it was terrorism and investigated back from there. >> do we have more detail from what happened? >> we do and some of it is kind of shocking as the story unfolds. i've been talking to people in l.a. over the weekend is ciancia arrives at the airport on the ct
officer gerardo hernandez. investigators say ciancia then shot two more tsa agents and high school teacher brian ledmere. once he was past security, police say he made his way past this long corridor. according to some reports, he went up to witnesses and said tsa. they shook their head no. the suspect kept going. >> reporter: 60 seconds later, police cornered ciancia at the end of the terminal. a firefight ensued. shot multiple times, the suspect's weapon was recovered right here. he was taken into custody. then to the hospital. >> reporter: that tsa agent has blood on his hands. >> reporter: the officers tony grigsby shot in the foot and james spear shot in the shoulder were rushed to the emergency room. the first man injured, geraldo hernandez, did not survive. >> he was a joyful person, always smiling. he took pride in his duty for the american public. >> reporter: ana hernandez married her husband 15 years ago on valentine's day. she was supposed to celebrate his 40th birthday this week. she will instead bury the father of two. >> i am truly devastated. we are all heart broken and wil
gerardo hernandez and injuring more. passengers and others ran for cover. >> on the floor, now, on the floor! >> reporter: and teacher brian ludmer was one of those shot. his boss said he had a long road ahead of him. >> his spirits are up. he's still traumatized by all of it, like all of us trying to get our arms around this. >> reporter: meanwhile, a clearer picture of the suspect is emerging. a family friend saying he took it hard when his mother died in 2009 after years of battling multiple sclerosis. classmates at his delaware high school where he played the french horn in the band said he didn't reach out to anyone. >> there were few people who kept to themselves, he was one of them. >> reporter: later, he went to florida, graduating from the motorcycle mechanics institute in 2011. then moving to los angeles looking for work. he shared an apartment with several roommates. one saw nothing so fear. >> he was a very nice guy. a bit loaner or introverted. but nothing where i would ever, ever expect him to do anything like this. >> reporter: this morning, the busy l.a.x. airpo
victim, gerardo hernandez, was the first tsa agent to dying a line of duty since the agency's creation following the 9/11 attacks. he was a married father of two who had emigrated from el salvador as a teenager. source, law-enforcement the southern poverty law center says the gunman was carrying a note making racist, homophobic, and sexist slurs about government officials and andribing the tsa conspiratorial terms. the obama administration is rejecting calls to plant -- grand, sita nsa leaker edward snowden. in a letter given to a german lawmaker last week, snowden called on the u.s. to drop charges against him, writing "speaking the truth is not a crime." on sunday, dan pfeiffer ruled out clemency and said snowden should return to face criminal charges. in some of the latest snowden's disclosures, the "new york times" reports the nsa intercepted the talking points of view into secretary -- you would secretary-general ban ki- moon ahead of a meeting with president obama in april. we will have more on the story with the reporter scott shane after the headlines. a newly disclosed documen
you. >>> just in the last half hour, tsa has identified the officer killed as 39-year-old gerardo hernandez. he is the first officer killed in the line of duty in the tsa's 12-year history. stay with wjz for the latest on the shootings at l.a.x. >>> there may be as many as 9,000 victims of the gynecologist accused of secretly videotaping patients during exams. disturbing new details are emerging in a class action lawsuit against johns hopkins. mike hellgren talked to the patients of dr. nikita levy tonight. >> reporter: investigators say the gynecologist used a pen camera like this to record exams at johns hopkins east baltimore medical center. and the fbi is still sifting through thousands of images on levy's computers. there may be 9,000 victims and their lawyers are now working to settle the class action case through a mediator. >> i think that these women are in fear of getting their pap smears and their examinations. we have women who are in fear of seeing any physician. >> did he behave strangely? >> he always smiled. every time he was checking my privates he smiled. when i
and i was justified like everybody else was. >> gerardo hernandez was killed. federal agents brought food to the hernandez family home and neighbors say they're shocked. >> my heart goes out to them, and i pray that the lord would give them peace and strength to go through this. >> the head of the tsa will arrive here later on today. he'll meet with hernandez's family as well as two of the other agents wounded in the shooting. >> ciancia appeared to have a grudge against the security agency. he called himself aed off patriot and said he believed his constitutional rights were being violated by tsa searches. ciancia's father in new jersey told police about a suicidal text message from his son. >> the text message was a message to the little brother and the way it was written they had some concern about it and that's when they brought it to our attention. >> his former roommates say they never suspected he was capable of such violence. edward lawrence wjz eyewitness news. >> and stay with wjz for the very latest on the l.a.x. shooting. for instant updates anytime log on to cbsbaltimore
and shot gerardo i. hernandez. paul ciancia walked away only to return and shoot gerardo i. hernandez again. killing the veteran and father of two and injured others. the 22-year-old is in police custody at a hospital and could face the death penalty. >> the healthcare.gov is down again for maintenance right now. technicianses have been repairing it since seat. google and oracle experts will have been consulted. >> for those of you happy to get an extra hour of sleep - here is something else to look forward to this morning - a solar eclipse. a rare crescent-shaped sound will be visible for those living on the east coast. it will move across the atlantic, and sweep across central africa. i'm morgan radford. thank you for joining us. see you again at 7am eastern. >> got evening i'm joie chen welcome to "america tonight sex th" theweekend edition. we have did h dedicated our attention to sexual assault on campus. there is the repeated belief that campus rape is often the miscommunications and allegations that result to murky he said she said. ttonight we have us visit oxidental campus in calif
angeles today. he is expected to meet with the family of killed tsa officer gerardo hernandez and others. right now l.a.x. is open, but no flights are leaving from terminal 3 where the shooting happened. a tweet from the airport says people who left things in that terminal yesterday can now get them at the ticket counter. >>> and we're also learning more about the suspected shooter, paul ciancia. according to a law enforcement official, he was carrying materials including an anti-tsa rant and a reference to a new world order. ciancia lived in l.a., but he is from new jersey. police have been at his family's home in pensville, new jersey. according to the police chief, the suspect sent text messages to his family yesterday, ranting about the government. >> basically, the text message was just a message to the little brother, and the way it was written, they had concern about it. that's when they brought it to our attention. >> the chief says officers informed police in los angeles, but then it was too late. >>> from the moment the first shot rang out, it was chaos at l.a.x. cnn's dan simo
ciancia went up the elevators, came down, shot gerardo i. hernandez again, killing him. >> he was a wonderful husband, brother, son and friend. he would have been 40 next week. i am truly devastated. we are all heartbroken, and will miss him dearly. >> the federal criminal complaint says paul ciancia used a smith and wesson assault rifle, carried five heavy capacity magazines, and wounded two police officers and a civilian in addition to killing gerardo i. hernandez. the federal bureau of investigation will build a profile of paul ciancia, and what brought him to this point. the 23-year-old was raised in this new jersey house and lived in los angeles about 18 months. unanswered - where he got the gun, why he targeted t.s.a. officers and whether he was mentally stable. >> there's a host of video we are going through. we are examining that. there's a tremendous amount of evidence in the case that we are examining. that will take time. >> if convicted paul ciancia faces the possibility of the death penalty. >> and what is next for the fbi in their investigation? >> they'll be goi
say suspected gunman paul ciancia shot tsa officer gerardo hernandez multiple times at pointblank range, went up an escalator and then returned to shoot hernandez again. earlier on cnn's "state of the union," michael mccaul described what police found as a suicide note and said mental illness was a chief reason behind the shooting. the 23-year-old ciancia is currently hospitalized in police custody. he's charged with two felonies including the murder of a federal officer. terminal three at l.a.x. is open today. >>> secretary of state john kerry is in the middle east for meeting with u.s. allies. one of kerry's key missions is to smooth relations with saudi arabia which is upset about u.s. policies in the region. kerry's first stop today was egypt where he told the foreign minister that u.s. ties go deeper than aid. it was kerry's first trip to the country since the u.s. suspended significant military aid to egypt over the bloody crackdown on the muslim brotherhood. those are your top stories. "reliable sources" is at the top of the hour but back to fareed zakaria and "gps." >>> fo
was tsa officer gerardo hernandez spoke about her a husband. the first officer in the agency's history to die in the line of duty. >> we are all heartbroken. >> more than 24 hours after gunfire disrupted thousands of flights at lax, many passengers remained stranded, their belongings still inside the terminal they were fleeing from. >> paul harris was trying to get home to missouri. >> all my stuff was on the conveyor. i heard the shots so we all took off running. you can still hear shots going on. >> police say 23-year-old paul cianci a shot his way through security checkpoint killing hernandes and wounding two others. dr. bruce wright was by the x- ray machine. >> you are taking off your shoes and you started to run barefoot. >> yeah. >> that's when he slipped and injured his leg. >> the shooter then continued down the concourse firing along the way before he was finally subdued by police near the food court. police chief patrick gannon praised his officers and reassure travelers. passengers notice a difference today. >> we are supplemented by a number of lapd officers also here with
to shoot him again. tsa officer gerardo hernandez later died. the suspected shooter, paul ciancia, was shot several times by police. he is described as unresponsive in the hospital. >>> john kerry is in cairo today asking egyptians to work toward democrat tracey. the secretary of state is the highest level u.s. official to visit egypt since former president morsi was ousted in july. kerry said the u.s. did not suspend military aid to egypt as punishment and promises humanitarian aid will continue. >>> back in the u.s., a tropical storm has stormed off the southern tip of baja california. the national hurricane center says tropical storm sonia has maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour, and picking up speed, moving about thea 13 miles per hour. >>> coming up at 2:00 eastern time, the mayor of toronto has apologized for "mistakes," but says he isn't going anywhere. he made the statement on his weekly radio show just moments ago. toronto police reportedly had video of him smoking a crack pipe. we'll have more details on the statement and what's next. i'm frederiqricka whitfield. more gap
tsa agent gerardo hernandez and wounding three others. >> you can keep up with the developments on the l.a.x. shooting with the abc7 news mobile app. download it for free. >>> the airport in birmingham, alabama is back open after a bomb threat. an employee found a note that indicated a bomb had been planted in the airport. police searched, but they found nothing. we learned more today about the sonoma county sheriff deputy who shot and killed a teenage boy. jeff westbrook claimed the deputy appeared agitated when he stopped him from make willing an unsafe lane change in august. westbrook said he asked him if he should move his bmw to a safer spot. >> i looked to grab the stick shift and when i looked back up there was a guy and he was screaming turn the vehicle off. at that point i said, sir, the vehicle is off. he repeatitively screamed the same thing. >> he said he would only draw his gun if he saw a need to do so. relatives of andy lopez will announce a federal civil lights lawsuit against the deputy. this woman is due to appear in court to face charges of killing two people
and began firing killing tsa agent gerardo hernandez and wounding three others. >> you can keep up with the developments on the l.a.x. shooting with the abc7 news mobile app. download it for free. >>> the airport in birmingham, alabama is back open after a bomb threat. an employee found a note that indicated a bomb had been planted in the airport. police searched, but they found nothing. we learned more today about the sonoma county sheriff deputy who shot and killed a teenage boy. jeff westbrook claimed the deputy appeared agitated when he stopped him from make willing an unsafe lane change in august. westbrook said he asked him if he should move his bmw to a safer spot. >> i looked to shhe stick shift and when i looked back up there was a guy and he was screaming turn the vehicle off. at that point i said, sir, the vehicle is off. he repeatitively screamed the same thing. >> he said he would only draw his gun if he saw a need to do so. relatives of andy lopezannouncel announce a federal civil lights lawsuit against the deputy. this woman is due to appear in court to face charges
pieces of luggage. he pulled the gun out and opened fire on tsa officer gerardo hernandez killing him. he also shot two other tsa employees and a passenger before airport police shot him four times. according to court documents ciancia left a letter saying he made the conscious decision to kill multiple tsa employees to instill fear. the letter also talked about how easy it is to get a gun into an airport. >> lax has opened but the attack is raising questions about security at america's third largest airport. >> like many passengers noah was stopped at a police check point. >> i'm nervous. honestly, since 9/11 air travels edgier than it used to be. >> investigators say ciancia told them he acted alone. >> today for the first time we're hearing from someone who knowing paul ciancia. her voice and identity is disguised but she explains what the suspected gunman was doing in the days before the shooting. >> he asked one of the roommates if he could have a ride to the airport. he said he was going back home, his dad was sick and that he had to deal with family issues. he mentioned what day he
. this weekend the widow of we gerardo hernandez remembered the father of two who was about to turn who. >> he was a great man who always showed his love for our family. he was there to help anyone in need and helped us laugh with his an definitely sense of humor. >> reporter: the suspect is still heavily sedated at the hospital. now federal prosecutors have charged him with murder and commission of violence at an international airport, if he's convicted he could face the death penalty. charlie and margaret? >> thank you, ben. >>> senior correspondent john miller is a former lapd deputy commissioner. good morning. >> good morning. >> this would have still been under your jurisdiction in. >> i was in charge of counterterrorism so this response would have gone with the assumption it was terrorism and investigated back from there. >> do we have more detail from what happened? >> we do and some of it is kind of shocking as the story unfolds. i've been talking to people in l.a. over the weekend is ciancia arrives at the airport on the cta, central terminal area in a black h
at point-blank range at tsa officer gerardo hernandez. the document says ciancia then proceeded up an escalator. but when he saw the wounded officer move, he returned to his body, shooting hernandez again. >> he was a joyful person, always smiling. he took pride in his duty. >> reporter: anna hernandez married her husband on valentine's day 15 years ago. a father of two, he would have turned 40 next week. >> gerardo was a great man who always showed his love for our family. he was always there to help anyone in need. >> reporter: with passengers scrambling for their lives, court documents say ciancia opened fire on two other tsa officers and high school teacher brian ludmer. all three injured but alive with police in pursuit. the suspect made it over 100 yards deep into the terminal. he passed restaurants and magazine shops. this is where it all ended, in the middle of a busy terminal. shot multiple times, ciancia was taken into custody. his rifle, five magazine clips as well as a handwritten signed letter were all said to be recovered. >> we found a statement where he made a consc
as police investigate the shooting that left gerardo i. hernandez dead. 23-year-old suspect paul ciancia walked into the terminal, pulled an assault rifle out of the bag and began shooting. paul ciancia is in hospital after being shot by airport police. >> the taliban has a new leader, khan said named less than a day after the most wanted man hakimullah mehsud was killed in a drone strike. >> getting old is a fact of life. around the world it's taking its toll on people over 65. most national economies are not prepared to care for their elderly, who make up the bulk of their citizens. >> jane ferguson profiles afghanistan, ranked the worst country in the world for theedly r -- the elderly. >> for the elderly life here is tough. according to a survey afghanistan a the worst country to grow old in. in kabul it's common to see elderly men working. their children don't have the income to support them. >> this is where kabal's elderly find out how many they'll get in their pension. if they work for the state they are entitled to cash. they'll look at the details on the list. some get as littl
is 39-year-old gerardo hernandez. on the job since 2010. transferred recently to los angeles from montana. the first-ever tsa officer killed in the line of duty. >> it's shocking. very nice guy. i'm speechless. i'm shocked. >> reporter: and the shooter, the fbi releasing his picture over night. paul ciancia, a 23-year-old l.a. resident, whom authorities say opened fire with a high-power rifle, inside terminal three early friday morning. >> we have an active shooting in terminal three. >> reporter: witnesses describe a chaotic scene, saying he started shooting right outside the security checkpoint. as police raced in, he made it all the way to the back of the terminal, near the departure gates. passengers ducked for cover. some even hid in a bathroom stall. officers had their guns drawn, yelling at passengers to drop to the floor. >> everybody on the floor. on the floor, now. >> reporter: and after people ran as fast as they could -- >> go, go. >> reporter: the panic and lockdown that followed blocked ambulances from getting close, causing rescuers to race hundreds of yards to get
gerardo hernandez, the father of two, found himself in the line of fire, read a brief statement to reporters outside their home. >> i am truly devastated. we are all heartbroken and we'll miss him dearly. >> reporter: this morning, the iconic pillars of light, the symbol of l.a.x., 100 feet tall, are lit tsa blue in honor of the slain tsa man. as of this morning, all airlines, all terminals for the first time are back to normal operations. but as you can imagine for the many who work here and the thousands passes through, it's not easy to shake this. bianna? >> so many people still rattled by that event. david, all right, thanks to you. >>> while the suspect's motive remains a mystery this morning, we're learning more about the people who knew him, there are warning signs who could hold clues as to why he went on the shooting spree targeting tsa workers. abc's gio benitez has been covering the story. good morning. >> reporter: some of his classmates said that he was bullied. and that nobody really knew him. he was a so-called loaner and really, his life was a secret. this mornin
was dropped off at the airport and then shot gerardo hernandez point blank. he is the first tsa officer ever killed in the line of duty. even as he sprayed bullets from his assault bullet rifle throughout the, few were injured, airport police chief -- >> we were so lucky. >> in all honesty this could have been much, much worse. >> in his hometown of pen field, new jersey many are asking why. but so far there are no answers. >> josh pagan was a former neighbor. >> he was a friendly guy and there had to be something horrific to go on for him to do something like that. >> he is charged with murder ago federal officer while on duty and could face the death penalty, and authorities are saying little about the person who dropped him off at lax. as for those thousands of passengers stranded by friday's shooting, they are finally on their way. for sunday morning, this is carter evans in los angeles. >> osgood: secretary of state john kerry made unannounced the visit to egypt this morning, his stop in cairo comes one day before elected then ousted morsi goes on trial for inciting violence. >> osgood:
of gerardo hernandez, father of two -- in the line of fire, read a brief statement to reporters outside of their home. >> i'm truly devastated. we are all heart broken and will miss him dearly. >> those iconic pillars of light, the symbols of l.a.x., are lit tsa blue in his honor. things are now back to normal here at terminal three, ciancia is in a hospital bed a few miles away said to be unresponsive after a gunshot wound to the head. if he remains consciousness, he will face criminal charges that could carry the death penalty. david wright, abc news, l.a.x. >> so hard to wrap your mind around this, he clearly had strong anti-government views, dressed in military fatigues. had a handwritten note. talked about wanting to kill tsa and pigs and said in the note the tsa violated his rights with searches. >> we are learning so much more about him and his background. he apparently sent a text message to his little brother who lives in new jersey saying he was thinking of suicide. this is how the whole thing got kick-started. the brother reached out to authorities in the l.a. area. the autho
several people and taking the life of a tsa officer named gerardo hernandez, the first tsa officer to die in the line of duty since the agency was created in 2001. the suspected shooter, 23-year-old paul anthony ciancia, was charged this weekend with murder of a federal officer, and commission of violence at an international airport. after being shot at the scene of the crime, he remains in critical condition but is not believed to have suffered brain damage, allowing for the possibility he might be able to answer questions at some point. and while the entirety of his motive is yet to be known, he did have on him at the time a letter. which had language associated with the anti-government patriot movement, as well as some additional anti-government literature about a conspiracy to form a single global government. and for more, i'm joined by brand-new grio.com columnist, goldie taylor and founder of stop handgun violence, john rose en that will. i want to start with you, goldie. we have this once again confluence of we don't really know what the motives are, but there was this literature o
-old paul ciancia from new jersey. the man killed in the shooting was gerardo i. hernandez, a 5-year vat reason. tsa -- veteran of the tsa. >> police are investigating that paul ciancia was targetting the tsa. >> president obama declares he'll have 17 million signed up for health care. they'll have to
worker gerardo hernandez died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. he's the first tsa official to die in the line of duty since the agency was created in 2001. >> and in the frantic moments after gerardo hernandez was shot and killed, airport police reacted very quickly. they were 60 seconds behind ciancia, but could that reaction time have been quicker? could armed tsa agents have prevented something as horrendous as what played out at terminal three on friday. eric holder said this morning they will need to reassess after the investigation is complete. >> the investigation obviously under way, and part of that investigation will be a review of the security measures that were in place. not only at l.a.x. but i think a review of the security arrangements that exist in other airports as well. the function of the tsa is to insure that people can board planes safely. take flights safely. the responsibility for protecting airport security is not a ts ark function, but something i think we need to certainly examine, given what happened in los angeles. >> let's get the perspective here. let
>> healthcare.gov shutting down everyday for hours at a time. cbs news learns at tsa officer gerardo hernandez. two other workers were wounded. a coach is at the hospital after collapsing sunday night. >> he did not have a heart attack. they're checking on everything. >> faa is investigating two planes. the the impact carried a fire ball. all were able to jump free. >> we were lucky this time. >> morsi is charged today. >> a college student rescued after sending nearly two terrifying days trapped between two buildings. >> how do we not hold the security guards he would be dead right now. >> snowden's request for clemency. the serious fire ball burning through a montreal neighborhood. >> that is not cool. >> all that. >> passenger at the airport were shocked when a small alligator was found under an escalator. >> what? >> nfl record. >> all that matters. >> toronto's mayor says he'll ride the storm out after allegations he was caught on video smoking crack. >> i have made mistakes. >> oprah winfrey auctioned off personal belongings over the weekend. >> usually gayle comes by
to honor gerardo hernandez. >> he is the first tsa officer killed in the 12 year history. they are wearing black bands over their badges in his memory. >>> they will review the policy on officer is shootings in the wake of the shooting. tsa agents are the first line of queens and said he will do everything possible to make sure something like this does not happen again. he did not it say whether or not he warrants agents to start carrying weapons. >> the lock down the lax stranded a marine who was trying to make it to his daughter's wedding. >> this is the first time the two met each other in person. >> whether or not he made it. >> tense moments last night. they reported a jet blew flight and rae moved a passenger after another passenger told the flight crew that he was plaquing threatening comments. >> they won't tell us what they were. but he showed signs of intoxication. >> a check of the aircraft turned up nothing. >>> happening now the start of the new york marathon. it is broken into divisions. >> it is 25 minutes ago. >> 40,000 runners will be going through the city's five boroughs
tsa agent gerardo hernandez, injure two other tsa agents and a teacher at the airport. ciancia is in critical condition, unable to speak. >>> exclusive internal memos obtained by abc news show that applications by phone or mail are facing the same problems as those on the health care website. they are using the same flawed computer system. one memorandum describes the paper applications as an effort to buy time. >>> and the biggest anti-american demonstration is under way in tehran. protesters are stomping on the american flag. and starting fires, marking 34 years since the iranian hostage crisis. >>> a bizarre admission from the mayor of toronto. rob ford says he's sorry for, and i quote, being hammered, end quote, in public. he refuses to resign. he did not address allegations that he smokes crack cocaine. >>> and a taxi dash cam was rolling when this driver lost control on a busy highway. take a look. just before the road splits in two outside jerusalem, the driver suddenly swerves, slams into the side of a van, bounces back over the median. finally plowing into a railing. s
is under armed guard at a los angeles hospital. he is facing hurt chars for the death of tsa agent. gerardo hernandez, a father of two. the only tsa officer ever killed in the line of duty. the terrifying moments were caught on video by a photographer with "tmz." you can see passengers running for their lives. we'll speak to an eyewitness. first we go to adam housley live at los angeles international airport with more. adam? >> reporter: that agent hernandez is being remembered here as someone nice, always smiled, a father, a husband. here in los angeles it has been quite a few days as you might imagine. people here are very upset about what happened. a lot of coworkers here whether they knew him or not feeling for him and his family. they already have a couple of memorials. as you come into lax if you have not been here before, there are a couple of pillars they have, four or five out front a art project that sets off the airport and they change colors. in honor of him they were illuminated blue over the weekend. inside the terminal they have a makeshift memorial put up there with flowers
shot tsa officer gerardo hernandez at point-blank range, sending passengers in the security screening area running for cover. investigators say then ciancia went up an escalator but after apparently spotting hernandez still moving on the floor, he doubled back to shoot him again, killing hernandez. >> there was a pause, and so i looked down the escalator and i saw the gunman, he had his gun trained on the guy on the wall there and he shot him twice. >> reporter: in the end, two more tsa officers and a traveler were hit. l.a.x. police shot ciancia several times in the face and neck. he's alive but in his condition, he remains unresponsive. earlier friday morning, ciancia sent his family in new jersey rambling text messages. a woman who says she knows him says ciancia said he was going to commit suicide. the family alerted authorities, who then asked lapd to do a welfare check. if only police had gotten to his place just 45 minutes earlier, they might have stopped the rampage. but ciancia was already gone. he demanded a ride to the airport from one of his roommates. cnn's miguel marquez
-old hernz r the first -- gerardo i. hernandez, the first tsa agent to die undertaining k his duty. >> he was a great guy, he was proud of his son that played football, how big his son was, and his daughter. >> the man police say was the shooter, 23-year-old paul ciancia from pennsville new jersey is in critical continue in a los angeles hospital. a law enforcement official saying paul ciancia had a note in his bag saying he wanted to kill tsa employees. >> his family called police in los angeles looking for help after receiving a message from their son saying he was going to hurt himself. >> we followed up doing a wellbeing check. he was not home. lapd advised me they'd contact us as soon as they made contact to alert the family that he was okay. i discovered from the ap that paul was the suspect. >> jonathan, we expect to hear from the federal bureau of investigation in less than an hour. they've been sparing with details over the last 24 hours. we don't know what they'll say. obviously they are investigating the background of the shooter and why this happened. >> do we have any idea of
killing tsa agent gerardo i. hernandez, and wounding several others, and shutting down operations at lax. police identified the suspect as 23-year-old paul ciancia. >> pakistan summoned the american ambassador after a drone strike killed a top taliban leader, hakimullah mehsud and three others were kill. he was suspected of planning an attack that killed seven c.i.a. workers at a u.s. base in afghanistan. pakistanis worry the strike could hurt peace talks. >> the pakistani taliban named khan said as its new leader, and he is promising revenge. we have this report. >> this is the taliban new leader, khan said. he is in his mid 30s. he was appointed by a taliban council, securing 43 out of 60 votes. some factions made up of 30 groups are pushing for other candidates to take the top job. khan said is well-known. he is thought to is have planned an attack on a gaol in north-west pakistan that freed nearly 400 prisoners, as well as an attack on an air force base that same year. khan said was a trusted lieutenant of the former leader hakimullah mehsud killed in a drone strike on friday. the in
as much mention is the man who was killed yesterday, the transportation security officer, gerardo i. hernandez, and his wife spoke. really, she was rather elegant and composed when she talked about her husband. >> he was a wonderful husband, father, brother, son and friend. he would have been 40 next week. i am truly devastated. we are all heartbroken and will miss him dealer. thank you very much. >> really sad to hear something like that. so the fbi says that they are going to build a full profile of paul ciancia to see exactly what did drive him to do this. he's lived in los angeles about a year and a half, originally from pennsville new jersey. nobody yet has said that there was any signal that he was going to do this or it would happen. >> what happens next in the fbi's investigation? >> they'll go over - you know, where he lives, talking to his friends, his family, electronic communications, where he got the gun, how he got to the airport. we are told he was dropped off. probably the fbi knows who dropped him off. everything from a to b they will go over, including every shell
shot 39-year-old gerardo hernandez at point blank range, left, came back because he saw him moving to shoot him again. hernandez leaves behind two kids and his grieving wife speaking out. >> he was always excited to go to work and enjoyed the interaction with the passengers at l.a.x. he took pride in his duty for the american public and the tsa mission. >> that's what folks said, always smiling. two other tsa agents injured in friday's shooting. they are now home recovering. >>> overnight a shooting on homecoming weekend at a college in north carolina. police say somebody was firing off a gun near a dorm on the campus of north carolina a&t university in greengs bosboro. the university was put on lockdown while they are looking for the shooter. the lockdown is over. luckily, the student that was shot is going to be okay. >>> this story, nothing short of a miracle. a group of eight sky divers and two pilots very lucky to be alive. i mean, shocking story after the two planes that they were in collided 12,000 feet above northwest wisconsin. one of the planes was sent plummeting to eart
. this is the tsa screening area. he continued to shoot, according to a witness. tsa officer gerardo hernandez .as shot from the point where he enters into the point where he gets to that mind, we are asking about overall airport security. do you think things are situated as far as having tsa their? make your thoughts known. dallas, texas is up next, here is ralph. you are on go ahead. i was watching everything, the television, when this was unfolding. do believe the airport security needs to be trained a little bit more. i do believe some of them need to be certified to carry notarms so the stuff does happen again. they mayad been armed have prevented this from the gentleman getting to the food cart area. i will take my answer off air. host: before you leave, do you think more security needs to be done before you get to the point when you walk into the tsa line, as the previous caller put it to? more security might be -- the problem is not more. itthey are not well-trained does not matter how many you have. somebody will do this again. host: do you think about the stuff when you go to fly at the
where he was pursued by police and later taken into custody. the tsa agent is identified as gerardo hernandez. passengers during all of this hid inside restrooms, many poured out on to the tarmac. there was bloodshed and chaos that filled the terminal. investigators were able to shut down the terminal. 167,000 passengers here at lax, the third busiest in the country were affected by this. the terminal today remains shut down although the other terminals are operational. it was chaos and confusion all day yesterday, lester. but the suspect is in custody, lester. >> miguel almaguer at lax. thank you. >>> pete williams has more on the investigation into the suspect and also a possible motive. he's with us from washington. pete, what can you tell us? >> i can tell you, erica, that federal officials are going through this person's background hoping to find out what led him to take a rifle and over 100 rounds of ammunition to the airport. they say paul anthony ciancia, age 23, originally from new jersey, was carrying some radical antigovernment written material they describe as harshly cr
. >> the tsa officer killed was 39-year-old gerardo hernandez, the first tsa agent killed in the line of duty. the head of the agency will meet with his family today. paul anthony ciancia is hospitalized in critical condition reportedly shot four times including in the mouth and leg. investigators are found a note on had him accusing the tsa of violating his rights. >>> the ripple effect of that shooting is being felt across the nation at airports all across the country. we're live at sfo. >> reporter: that shooting investigation is impacting all three bay area airports. here at sfo four are flights to and from lax on virgin merng cancelled this morning. the same airline scrapped two of its flights that were scheduled it to depart from san jose to lax this morning. oakland airport says delta airlines has cancelled two of its flights to lax out of land were land. behind us is the virgin america it ticket counter. all morning it was pretty busy as many pass jerpz trying to find alternate ways to get to their destination. virgin america operates out of terminal three at lax. that's where the sho
gerardo hernandez. but gunfire wasn't over. police say the suspect was on the move. now past security and had hadded through the terminal. >> loading his gun, looked straight at me. i was five feet from him. >> panicked passengers hid in restrooms. others poured onto the tarmac. >> kind of screaming. >> police gave chase. soon, a gun battle. >> airport police officers engaged the suspect, opened fire, wounded him. and took him into custody. >> is he down? >> he is down. >> with at least seven injured and six hospitalized, the wounded were carted to safety. >> you see a man in a wheelchair as well as the tsa agent there covered in blood. his leg has been hit. or at least is bleeding >> tactical teams swept the terminal. rooftops, parking garages and access roads all shut down. later, the all clear. the threat finally over. >> the suspect los angeles resident from new jersey is in custody but police have not released a motive. that remains part of their active investigation inside terminal 3. meantime, all of the other terminals here at l.a.x. are up and running but the ripple effect fr
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